Alan Hanna

Associate Counsel

As associate counsel at Woodward and Company, Alan’s primary areas of practice and interest lie in Indigenous legal traditions, First Nations jurisdiction, rights and title, environmental protection and sustainability, social justice in reconciling settler society with First Nations, and advocating for animals.

Hailing from the west coast of British Columbia, Alan is originally from the Kwikwetlem traditional territory – for which he is very grateful. He was first called to the B.C. Bar in 2015 and began working for Woodward and Company as a summer student during his studies at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, later returning as an articled student.

Backed by a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in anthropology with a minor in indigenous studies from the University of Victoria, Alan was awarded several times for his outstanding academic achievements. He was the recipient of the Keith B. Jobson Award for leadership, community interest and academic excellence with respect to Aboriginal issues; David Roberts Prize in Legal Writing; Janes Freedman Kyle Law Corporation Prize in Indigenous Lands, Rights and Governance; and a Millennium Excellence Scholarship. He is currently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council CGS scholar and a Law Foundation of BC Graduate Fellow.

Throughout his legal career, Alan has created and contributed to a number of important publications and presentations, including “Making the Round: Aboriginal Title in the Common Law from a Tsilhqot’in Legal Perspective” (2015) 45:3 Ottawa L Rev, as well as “Spaces for Sharing: Searching for Indigenous Law on the Canadian Legal Landscape.” (2018) 51:1 UBC L Rev., and “Reconciliation Through Relationality in Indigenous Legal Orders” (2019) 56:3 Alta L Rev.

Selected Presentations & Publications

Secwepemc Laws Workshop, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council. Kamloops, BC, 11-13 February, 2015.

“Principles and Procedures in the Tsilhqot’in Legal Tradition”, Working with and within Indigenous Legal Traditions – Canadian Bar Association’s National Aboriginal Law Conference. Victoria, BC, 12 April, 2013.

“The Research Experience and Outcomes”, Accessing Justice and Reconciliation Conference – Indigenous Bar Association 24th Annual Fall Conference. Winnipeg, MB, 19 October, 2012.

“Principles and Procedures in the Tsilhqot’in Legal Tradition”, Indigenous Law in the World (Where is it? What does it look like? What is it doing?) – University of Victoria Faculty of Law. Victoria, BC, 8 September, 2012.

“The Ethics of Agency: Action Anthropology and Contemporary Research in Canada”, Explorations in Practice delivered at the University of British Columbia Graduate Student Conference. Vancouver, BC, March 2011.

Crown—First Nations Relationships: A Comparative Analysis of the Tsawwassen Final Agreement and Tsilhqot’in v. British Columbia. (MA Thesis, University of Victoria Department of Anthropology, 2011) [unpublished].

“Making the Round: Aboriginal Title in the Common Law from a Tsilhqot’in Legal Perspective”, (2015) 45:3 Ottawa L Rev 365.


Alan Hanna


Assistant: Kathleen McKerracher


Professional Standing

Member, Law Society of British Columbia, 2015

Member, Canadian Bar Association since 2011

Other Activities

Facilitator, Legal Process, Indigenous legal traditions, University of Victoria (2012 to present)